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Seeing a doctor after a car accident seems advisable

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2022 | Personal Injury

An accident victim might feel seemingly fine after a collision. With severe crashes, injuries become hard to ignore, so the victim may not hesitate about going to a hospital. Persons failing to notice the signs of injuries might choose to avoid a Mississippi emergency room. Even those who know something’s not right may skip a doctor’s examination. Such decisions could prove regrettable, if not fatal.

The value of a hospital visit

Accident victims might be in denial about how severe their injuries are. They may try to convince themselves that an apparent injury is not too bad, hoping perception becomes a reality. Such decisions could result in adverse reactions, albeit avoidable ones.

A thorough medical diagnosis from a qualified physician may uncover far worse problems than realized. For example, someone could have a broken neck, and any further movement might lead to paralysis. Internal bleeding and other life-threatening problems might be present, as well.

A person could have a sincere belief that the accident resulted in no harm. However, symptoms might not appear until days later, leaving the person at risk for complications for an otherwise treatable condition.

Legal issues related to medical examinations

Serious motor vehicle accidents often result in a civil claim against the negligent party. Whether seeking an insurance settlement or filing a lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove damages and losses. Medical records could substantiate these claims.

A doctor could testify on the witness stand, as some cases require expert testimony. The physician’s statement may end up being helpful for the lawsuit. Plaintiffs will want their case to be as strong as possible since they may rely on a judgment or settlement to cover extensive losses.